Enhance the natural beauty of your home with sea-themed accents, crisp whites, and splashes of bold color.
Outside this 1800s cottage on Cape Cod Bay, you'll find pretty blue shutters that reflect colors from the sea. And inside, the homeowners decorated with furniture pieces in a variety of aqua hues.
The homeowners of this 1932 beach cottage upcycled vintage finds like a retro bathing suit and galvanized ice cream containers into decorative pieces and light fixtures for their house.
Funky little nooks and shelves are filled with an assortment of nautical tchotchkes that add a unique charm to this renovated Maine home.
Even if your space is landlocked, it deserves a scenic view. Try Phillip Jeffries' "Fade" wallpaper, as seen in this room at the Summercamp Hotel in Martha's Vineyard.
Paintings of ocean scenes have been a longtime favorite subject of artists, and they have recently seen an uptick in sales at antiques marts and auction houses. If you want to tell the real thing from a "pirate," look on the back to see if you can find a company name.
In this Seaside, Florida oasis, designed by Tammy Connor, colorful vintage spindles provide a fun and unexpected backdrop that guests will love. To make your guest space feel roomier, install the curtains as high as possible as opposed to window-height. For some extra lighting with a cool, country twist, try hanging some swag lights with nautical rope, sleek shades, and neutral tones.
These mint-green trellis headboards pair nicely with crisp white sheets and pillows for a beach home feel, and small prints of water birds are a lovely added touch.
In 1855, Great Britain established the International Code of Signals. The code evolved over time to designate a flag design to correspond with letters A to Z and digits 0 through 9, and it is used universally. Especially old flags will be made from natural fibers (cotton, or, rarer still, wool) and have a slightly yellowed look.
From the rope canopy to the nautical rug, this whimsical kid's room belongs in a breezy summer home with its bright colors and vintage touches, like the oversized plastic E and red-and-blue chair.
White paint is great for a beach-y vibe, but how do you make an all-white room feel cozy? The owner of this Tennessee home reinforced the kitchen's lived-in feel with shiplap paneling. "The wood walls keep things from feeling sterile," says Mandy, who also introduced an assortment of honey-hued wooden accents to warm up the look.